Mercedes OM6?? Options as a transplant? (1 Viewer)

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Ok. I've seen a few guys on Mud do the 617 swap into a Landcruiser application. There are a couple guys in the process of doing 606 swaps. Seems like this route is more complex, and more expensive.

I'm toying with doing an OM6XX swap when I return from being stationed in Germany (of all places ;)). I'm just weighing in on:

Availability
Total cost
Adaptors
Fit
Transmission choices
Numerical data on efficiencies
Pros/cons
Etc, etc, etc.

Pics and or links are welcome!

Thanks!
 
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As with anything, ask around on other boards. For me, the tranny adapter was not available and a friend had one. If you can get the donor vehicle, it will save you sanity as have resource for all the little parts. I ended up buying a wrecked 300d (non-turbo) just for parts for $380. Things like, thottle linkage, air conditioner and other brackets.

My build thread is here: Second 40

Good luck on your journey.
 
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Ok. I've seen a few guys on Mud do the 617 swap into a Landcruiser application. There are a couple guys in the process of doing 606 swaps. Seems like this route is more complex, and more expensive.

I'm toying with doing an OM6XX swap when I return from being stationed in Germany (of all places ;)). I'm just weighing in on:

Availability
Total cost
Adaptors
Fit
Transmission choices
Numerical data on efficiencies
Pros/cons
Etc, etc, etc.

Pics and or links are welcome!

Thanks!
Best resource is superturbodiesel.com
 
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My guess is that the OM617 will be the cheapest overall option, and being that it is only a 5 cylinder means there will be more space to work with in the engine bay. 4x4Labs makes an adapter that fits it to a Toyota H transmission, and engines/parts cars are relatively cheap and easy to come by. Tuning potential is good, and the engine is very simple and robust. The OM617 in my G Wagen had 7.5mm injection pump elements, 314 injector nozzles and a Holset HX30 set at 18psi, and even though it was turning 37” tires and pushing a 5100lb brick it could accelerate quite nicely. Sounded great too!
 

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